Politics

New York Times Editorial Rips into Scott's Train Decision

Like someone in mourning, we've tried to forget. We'd just rather not think about how Gov. Rick Scott passed on the high-speed rail package that would have brought billions of dollars, thousands of jobs and a once-in-a-generation transportation upgrade to Florida all on the federal government's dime. Yet, occasionally the hurt still surfaces, as it did yesterday when the Obama Administration announced how they'd use the funds that Florida -- or, really, a single bald slime ball -- didn't want. Thankfully, The New York Times is helping us with the grieving process by ripping into Scott in an editorial today.


The $2 billion that was supposed to be ours was dolled out yesterday to smaller projects in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast. The Times editorial board decided to once again brutally dig into Scott for the decision:

After Gov. Rick Scott of Florida thoughtlessly rejected $2.4 billion in federal aid for a high-speed rail line, he claimed last month that he was doing a huge favor for the national Treasury, which he expected would give away the money in tax cuts. That was nonsense, of course; Mr. Scott was really doing a favor for train passengers in the Northeast, Midwest and California, which were given $2 billion of his money on Monday for better service.



Florida voters might want to think about that decision as they sit in traffic jams, burning up $4-a-gallon gasoline. In fact, some of them clearly have thought about it because Mr. Scott now has some of the worst approval ratings of a Florida official in the last decade.

Scott has also claimed that his decision to forgo the rail helped the federal government advert a shutdown, a claim that PolitiFact finds is just flat out false and a revision of history.

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Kyle Munzenrieder